Sunday, 19 December 2010

Red currants

They are late this year (as is nearly everything in the garden and orchard).
But we've already picked a heap of red currants and made 3 jars of jelly (with chilli and cinnamon). I might make another batch, then we should be right for the next year or three.

9 comments:

FarmGirl67 said...

how do currants like to be planted,Shade/Sunny/Sheltered? i'd like to grow them

Veggie Gnome said...

Sunny. They can take quite a beating. And they need a cold winter to fruit in spring. They are easy to grow and maintain.

They grow very easily from cuttings. So, if you - or anyone out there - are keen to get some cuttings, give me a holler in autumn/beginning of winter.

Green Lane Allotments said...

We inherited some redcurrant bushes with our plot and have lots to freeze every year as we don't eat much jam and jelly. There is always plenty left for the birds to enjoy too when we have finished picking

Veggie Gnome said...

They freeze so well, don't they? Great additions to all kinds of baked goodies, or just in plain yoghurt.

I usually make jelly once every 4-5 years, as we may use 1 jar a year. Mainly to glaze or marinade pork. Hence the addition of chilli & cinnamon to the jelly. :)

Ravyk said...

I love red currents, but can't afford them at the shops, I really should grow my own. I'd be interested in some cuttings if you can spare some.

Veggie Gnome said...

Ravyk, sure, no problem! Contact me around autumn/beginning of winter (that's the best time to strike them) and you can have as many cuttings as you like. They are very easy to strike.

Dermott said...

Ciao ragazza! Finally in the red currant business. Hopefully, he said. The last two batches we bought turned out to be black and white respectively. Italians are on the slack side with their plant labelling. Took some cuttings from a friend's plants and nurtured them. Planted out three. We shall see ... we shall see ...

Veggie Gnome said...

Caio bello! Good luck with your currants this time! Hope they do well and give you tons of lovely red currants. :)

Veggie Gnome said...

...and it's 'ciao'. Of course.